… another holiday. It’s silly season here in the UK. Around this time of year, especially if Easter falls late, we get more holidays than you can shake a stick at. This year, starting with Good Friday, we have now had four Bank Holidays in the space of just seven weeks. Now we will have to wait another three months for the next one. It seems crazy that we get so many close together then, through what should be the best three months of the year weatherwise, we get none at all. I was surprised to learn that the full extent of this madness was in fact only created relatively recently. In 1971 today’s holiday, which originally celebrated Whitsun, was fixed as the last Monday in May after a trial that had started in 1967. Prior to that the holiday had respected the official Whitsun and therefore floated as Easter does. In some years it could land as late as the 14th June. This year’s holiday just happens to coincide with Whitsun. At the same time the August Bank Holiday was moved from the 1st Monday to the last Monday. Then, in 1978, the madness was complete when a new Bank Holiday was added and set as the 1st Monday in May. It seems that our close neighbours the Irish Republic have kept a more sensible spread, and Germany seem to have a better approach all round – they seem to have hundreds of holidays! Still, better not let Tony’s Ministry of Mayhem tinker with the dates at the moment, things could get even worse!
Anyway, enough of all this, and on with the show. The Intruders “Every Day Is A Holiday” is appropriate I think. Released as a 45 in 1969 from the 1968 album “Cowboys To Girls”. Funky16Corners featured The Intruders only a couple of weeks ago so that’s my excuse for offering you no background on the Intruders. Besides, I need to go and make the most of this holiday. Now where’s the sunshine?
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